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TIBOE Mini-Report April 2021

TIBOE's (Ten Thousand Islands Brigade of Official Endorsers) As of Yet Unofficial Mission Statement:
To Endorse all WA Islanders while remaining below the endorsement cap, Encourage Islanders to join the WA and endorse the Delegate, and Inform the populace about WA endorsements, endotarting, and other related topics.

Current Delegate: Wischland

TIBOE Chair: Vivolkha
TIBOE Secretary: Liberdon
Members of TIBOE: Anisopterra, Dustwind, The Soylent Green Party, Valentian Elysium, Pianaville, and Silvedania

Why You Should Endorse the Delegate
Endorsements improve regional security. In NationStates, the Delegate seat is the main tool raiders use when invading regions. Every nation that endorses the Delegate is one more nation that the raiders would have to have on their side in order to usurp XKI.
Every endorsement gives our Delegate an extra vote in the World Assembly, which helps us to counter raider regions by pushing through
Liberation resolutions at the Security Council.
And our Delegate always votes the result of WA polls on our offsite forum, which means you have direct control over how our Delegate votes!

For more information, please visit this dispatch:

There are three main reasons why endorsing our Delegate is important:

Regional security
In NationStates, the World Assembly Delegate of a region is the nation that has received the most endorsements from their regionmates. Most of the largest regions in the game, including 10000 Islands, have effectively replaced this system by one in which the Delegate is chosen through a more organized method (in our case, democratic elections held every 6 months). To enforce this system, the Delegate needs to receive the maximum endorsements possible while all other nations have their endorsement count limited (something known as an endorsement cap).

However, mechanically, in the eyes of the game itself, the Delegate is still simply the nation with the most endorsements, no matter how these endorsements where gathered. This can be exploited by other regions, commonly known as raiders, to irregularly seize the Delegacy by flooding the region with foreign nations that coordinately endorse each other.

As a fairly large and powerful region that is well known for opposing raiders all over NationStates (more below), 10000 Islands would make for a high-profile target. Precisely because of it, our region has taken care to be as secure as possible. 10000 Islands has a non-executive Delegate, which limits the damage that a potential raider invasion could have, as well as an active Founder, who can immediately undo any actions raiders can take in our region.

These security measures mean that 10000 Islands can never be really destroyed completely in an invasion. Regardless, rival regions still have an interest in temporarily securing the Delegate seat to embarrass us, and it is better in all cases if raiders fail to seize the Delegate position in the first place. While 10000 Islands is a very large region in which the Delegate typically has hundreds of endorsements, every single extra endorsement our WA Delegate has is one extra endorsement that raiders would need to overcome to overthrow the legitimate Delegate.

World Assembly voting power
WA Delegates are intended to represent their region's voice at the World Assembly. As such, they have special voting powers. The vote a Delegate casts is worth 1 + the number of endorsements they have. For this reason, powerful Delegates with very large votes tend to decide the outcome of a resolution. The more endorsements our Delegate has, the more powerful will 10000 Islands be at the World Assembly, allowing us to advance our interests and influence debates on new international law, Commendations, and Condemnations (which can be important to counter raider propaganda). Furthermore, in 10000 Islands, the Delegate's voice is your voice: the Delegate votes according to the result of a Linkforum WA voting poll in which you can participate!

Advocating defender values
But a powerful WA vote is important not only for roleplay, but also to advocate our defender values. To our very core, 10000 Islands is a defender region that opposes raiders all over NationStates. Even for nations that are not directly involved with TITO, our regional army, 10000 Islands's stated political purpose at every level is to protect the safety of smaller, innocent regions that did not ask to be part of the NationStates' "raider and defender" (R&D) gameplay. If raiders succeed in invading a region and taking full control of it, its community is at a very high risk of being destroyed.

TITO is our region's main way of combating raiders. However, in some situations, raiders can get a strategic leg up in an invasion. In that case, there is still hope to save the community of the region being raided: a World Assembly Security Council Liberation Resolution. A SC Liberation forcibly removes the password of a region, allowing native nations to regain control with TITO's aid.

For this to occur though, the SC Liberation needs to pass at the World Assembly (with >50% support) as soon as possible, reason why a stronger vote at the World Assembly is absolutely crucial. We need to make sure our WA vote is at its absolute strongest to preserve the sovereignty of defenseless regions.

Read dispatch

Summary of April Events
During April, TIBOE hosted the April Endorsement Drive, which ran from April 1st to April 15th, and for the first time in TIBOE history, we met our goal of 325 endorsements!

During the Drive, a total of:

-18 nations endorsed Wischland
-173 nations not endorsing Wischland were telegrammed
-12 RMB shout-outs occurred
-165 trading cards were rewarded to nations endorsing Wischland

For more information regarding the April Endorsement Drive, please visit the dispatch:

Starting Endorsements: 310
Current Endorsements: 328
Endorsement Goal: 325

April Endorsement Drive

Wischland has been recently elected Delegate and has begun gathering endorsements. However, a substantial portion of WA nations in 10000 Islands have not endorsed her yet.

To spur endorsement activity and facilitate the Delegate transition, the Delegate's office, the WA Secretariat, and the Ten thousand Islands Brigade of Official Endorsers (TIBOE) will be holding an April Endorsement Drive to increase the endorsement count of the Delegate. Our goal for this event is that by the 15th of April, the Delegate will have 325 endorsements.

If you have received a "Notification" from this Dispatch, it is because you are not yet endorsing the Delegate! Your nation is "tagged" in the spoiler below. The best way to avoid getting too many notifications in the future is to endorse the Delegate! Aaaaaand you'll get cool awards as explained below.

Kierekiko,Mestington,Vill Send,Greenmont Federation,Holamo,Couleacu,Purple administration,AciaciaMont,Apsley,Werstoneland,North Silldistia Cita,Fort Langlea,The Hashima Island Republic,Tainestan,Drusila,Northern ravenlight,Zulcanmaral,Zlatousk,Andreusz,Orongangtoucris,Lumen salutis,The TerranRepublics,Beiluxia,Datland,Sphenisland,Petalumadom,Gluebucket,Ytvigshill,Future of Mankind,Ignis Cinere,An Ri,Chargren,Greater argentinium,EngiCorp,Fleeb,Waitiki,Cornoka,Niralands,Anarchotopia Magnus,Sudsu,Hahlgiot,Aprait,North Parsastan,Hej-dan,Vanderhaust,Spearka,Alaxia,The United Royal Islands of Euramathania,Arctic Coalition,Sol Aardan,Recon island,St Lennys Island,Central Russia,United Martians,Free Land of Rebellium,Canadian national state,Untiforgins,Nami Bays,Imbarien,Hollo,Esnena,Lundara,Hellstep,United Reich of Germany,Tycorn,East Shetland,Cape Vessey,Giraten,3 altanias,Magtonia,Strigberg,Hallakoku,Miliarat,The Candy Lane,Ultimate wakanda,Ered anor,The Unified Caribbean Peoples,Tittsvillle,Everrettannia,The Fifth Nugget Nation,Bruce Campbell,North Rainier,Sugandeezia,Boiling Isles,Asplundh,Gammmaland,Polis byre,Eleusia,Stablehold,Moxxi,Caldorado,Terrantia,Coppego island,Greek People Nation,Barkdull,Knox empire,The Parandeam,Aqoarith,Great Ranges,Great Virgin,Fireside Of Cochrane,Free Booze,Peacecock,Canadian North California,Shiratrosihy,Lesbia,Obviskia,IslaMond,Imperatorian,Ghiamonga,Peepolandia,Duszalund,Libertaritaritaritaria,New Dracora,Duckman,Dranag,Independent missouri,Zopciria,Far Dinanaurn Altowayfar,Perzische Keizer,A Country Run by Scientists,Leirkra,Octadore,Uniao Nordestina,Johnne Green,Karemrehan,Galoamar,Somyria,Ferte,Lisokyo,Cerb,Osito Libre,Greater karraxia,Corvonian Defence Front,Karlstejn,Tobrana,Belistien,New wish,Holy Handgrane Empire,Civitor,The Alaskan protectorate,Coronary Bypass,Neo Mavellen,Sedek-Cantus,Oom,Ria Reavi,The Void Collective,Matterland,The libertaria Union,Carindell,Spncrgmn,BRVTOPIA,Belevicha,Yarlsberg,Alietuma,Aradalyst,Cyris teq,Zeklandia,Rayestan,Leavolt,Slickvania,Hypohia,Sobeiska,Germanic and Jewish people,Republic of Transistria,New anglo-briton,SHASLAND,Eazykillerstan,Imperium of Tryton,Aetek,Tholosis,Karlando,Mystaaria

Why are Delegate endorsements important?

Great question! Why does it matter if anyone endorses the Delegate. There are three crucial reasons:

  • Endorsing the Delegate makes the region more secure. In NationStates, the Delegate seat is the mechanism by which raiders take over a region. As a fairly large region, and a region with an active founder, 10000 Islands is largely isolated from these risks, and could never be destroyed completely. However, rival regions do have an interest in securing the Delegate seat, even if just momentarily, to embarrass the region. Each additional endorsement the Delegate has is one more player that raiders would have to have on their side in order to embarrass the region like this.

  • Endorsing the Delegate increases your power in the World Assembly. Delegates in the WA have special voting powers where they get to cast a vote worth 1 + the number of endorsements the Delegate has. Our goal is to get Delegate Wischland to 325 endorsements which would give her 326 votes in the World Assembly. Why is this good for you? The 10000 Islands Delegate always Linkvotes the result of forum WA voting polls, which means you get an outsized influence on how those 326 votes will be cast. But in order to get there, you have to endorse the Delegate.

  • A large WA vote is crucial to advocating for defender values. To our core, 10000 Islands is a defender region. Even for members who aren't actively participating in TITO, our region's stated political purpose is the safety and sovereignty of innocent regions that did not ask to become part of some "raiding and defending game". However, sometimes raiders get a strategic leg up and a Security Council Liberation, which removes the password from a region thereby preventing raiders from destroying it, is the last chance to preserve the community. At moments such as those, we need to make sure our WA vote is at its absolute strongest to preserve the sovereignty of defenseless regions.

What will we be doing for this event?

This event has three components:

Do you have ideas to increase Delegate endorsements?

Do you have an idea about how to reach nations about endorsing the Delegate? No idea is too bad to be said out loud! If you have an idea you should telegram Delegate Wischland, TIBOE Chair Vivolkha, and WA Secretary Eastern New England. If we like your idea and think it can be implemented, we'll award you a random Legendary card and recognize you on the RMB and forum for your contribution!

Read dispatch

April Statistics:

A total of 27* nations endorsed Wischland over the course of April.
On average, Wischland gained 1* endorsement per day

*1: As of the 26th of April
*2: Calculated by adding up the daily increase or decrease in endorsements and dividing by 26